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Summer’s just started and if you’re looking for a way to get out and enjoy the weather, the Maumee Valley Adventurers may have what you’re looking for.

The group looks to provide people with opportunities to take part in quality, affordable recreational activities in the area. They are best known for their bike tours, including The Portage River Bike Tour, which took place this past weekend.

According to Pat Squire, who’s been a part of the tour for 30 years, The Portage River Bike tours aim to include everyone.

“You have a choice of a 10, 31, 62, or 100 mile (route),” she said. “There’s a distance for everyone.”

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Bicyclists enjoy the scenic Portage River route. (Press photo by John Ryder)

Because of the distance choices available, all ages came out.

“It’s a good range (of ages),” Squire said. “I saw at least one child being pulled in a trailer behind an adult in a bike, and the oldest rider had just celebrated his 93rd birthday.”

About 220 riders came out for the Portage River Bike Tour this year, which is down from last year, due to the tour being the same weekend as the MS: Bike to the Bay. Though Bike to the Bay is a much bigger event, according to Squire, there are a lot of reasons people chose Portage River instead.

“The Bike to the Bay is not about the bicycling, they’re raising funds, so in order to participate, you have to raise a certain amount of money,” she said.

According to Pat, The Maumee Valley Adventurers look to make it simple for those who want to ride.

“With our bicycle tours, it’s a one-time fee, and that’s the only fee you’ll pay,” she said. “What you get for the fee is a map, a marked route, stops along the route, and free lunch.”

There are a lot of reasons Squire thinks that people might have chosen Portage River, but the main one is the route itself.

“The roads are quiet and The Portage River makes for a beautiful view,” she said.

It’s also a route that can lead to some interesting sightings.

“When they finished, (two riders) were ecstatic because they had seen two bald eagles during their ride,” Squire said.

The tour typical brings people from all around, including Oregon and parts of Cleveland, but this year brought more riders from out of state.

“We were surprised to have several new riders from Michigan,” Squire said.

The Maumee Adventurers sponsor four bike tours every year, The Portage River Tour being the first one, but they also have other opportunities for those looking for a more regular way to get out and enjoy the warm weather.

“In the summer we do two weekly bike rides, a Tuesday evening one and a Thursday morning one. There’s no fee involve,” Squire said.

For The Maumee Valley Adventurers, it’s all about creating fun and affordable recreational activities for those who want to get active with others. Though the people have been around in some capacity for years, the name is new, and Squire hopes that the organization and its events will only grow in notability.

“(Maumee Valley Adventurers) is a fairly new name for (the organization),” she said. “So it’s not very well known. Yet.”

For more information on upcoming events and future bike tours, visit www.mvadventurers.org/